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Monday, June 6, 2016

Author Guest Post - Krista Davis

Today we have Krista Davis visiting us.  She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries and the Paws and Claws Mysteries. A self-confessed tea addict, Krista may have had far too much fun writing THE DIVA SERVES HIGH TEA and sampling scones and lemon tarts for the recipes in the book. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.  She has provided us with "Test you Tea IQ" quiz that I hope you enjoy.

What’s Your Tea IQ?

1. High tea is served:

a) At high noon.

b) In the afternoon.

c) In the evening.

2. When drinking tea, etiquette requires that the pinkie finger be extended.

a) True.

b) False.

3. White tea, green tea, and black tea come from the same plant.

a) True.

b) False.

4. Tea should be brewed for exactly three minutes.

a) True.

b) False

5. You’ve heard of teaspoons. Are there such things as tea knives and forks?

a) Yes.

b) No.

6. Which country produces the most tea?

a) India

b) Japan

c) China

d) America

7. Bone china is made with ground bones.

a) True.

b) False.

8. Tea bags were invented in

a) China.

b) Japan.

c) England.

d) America.

9. “Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.” Who said this?

a) Joan Cusack

b) Hilary Clinton

c) Eleanor Roosevelt

d) Marie Antoinette

10. Tea contains caffeine.

a) True.

b) False.


1. c) In the evening. What Americans think of as high tea in the afternoon is actually called Afternoon Tea.

2. b) False. Holding up one’s pinkie may even be considered rude.

3. a) True. The teas differ through handling after the leaves are harvested.

4. b)False. Three minutes is a good guess, but the proper brewing time differs with the type of tea.

5. a) Yes. In a modern household, a dessert fork may doubt as a tea fork. Tea knives are shorter than a standard dinner knife but longer than butter knives.

6. c) China produces the most tea.

7. a) True, if a bit gruesome. Bone china is made with ground bone.

8. d) America. Tea bags were invented in America by accident!

9. c) Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.”

10. a) True. Black and green tea contains caffeine, though not as much as coffee. White tea contains caffeine as well, but a very tiny amount.

How did you do?

8- 10 correct: You are a tea connoisseur! Congratulations!

5-7 correct: You’re a tea drinker, but not obsessed.

1-4 correct: Uh oh. You must be a coffee drinker.

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ceblain said...

Being a tea drinker and also a collector of BONE china, as well as having two Asian granddaughters whose parents bring back tea for me every time they visit the girl's homeland, I was able to get all the questions right. But I am sure that most people did too.

My favorite tea is black tea; I am not supposed to drink anything herbal due to medication that I am on, but to me, those are not REAL tea. I grew up having a lot of iced tea with fresh mint in it when I visited my paternal grandmother, but it was not a favorite and to this day, I still do not like mint in tea, but I did drink it then as in those days, you were expected to accept whatever your grandmother fixed for you and not complain about it. Those things have changed now, haven't they? :)

Thanks for the nice little quiz to see how much I remember. Glad I did or I would be worried about my mind. :)

Great books from you, and keep up the great work.

Cynthia Blain

Krista said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz, Cynthia. I was a little horrified by my typos! You are so right about things having changed. My grandmother put rum in my tea! LOL!


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Mia P. Manansala said...

8/10, not bad! I do love me some tea ^^

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